Known professionally as Simone and Max, Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky are artists, organizers, and educators who work collaboratively on a range of projects that reflect their interest in empathy, technorealism, and engagement with local community issues.
Recent projects have explored such topics as social media mourning, drone warfare, youth incarceration, academic freedom, and climate change tourism through multimedia installations involving video, graphic design, print media, text, photography, audio, software, and ready-made assemblage. They continue to explore multisensory environments that take into equal account the set of social conditions produced as well as the images/objects in space.
Solo exhibitions include Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery (2020), Overture Center for the Arts (2019), Abel Contemporary (2017), and Arts + Literature Laboratory (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Perez Art Museum Miami, Istanbul Modern, CICA Museum (South Korea), ARTCOP21 (Berlin), The Luminary (St. Louis), and Espacio Gallery (London).
Simone and Max have received fellowships, grants, and awards from the Division of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, ArtSlant, Madison Arts Commission, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Their work has been featured in Vice‚ The Creators Project, Amsterdam University Press, and The Huffington Post.
Simone and Max are currently artists-in-residence at the Bayview International Center for Education and The Arts, and MFA candidates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They live and work in Madison.